Peaceful Assembly

People in Cambodia must give five days’ notice for most protests and 12 hours’ notice for gatherings of less than 200 persons. Additionally, a protest can only be held in the hours between 6am and 6pm. In practice, the right to freedom of assembly in Cambodia is severely restricted and the police routinely respond to peaceful protests with excessive force and mass arrests of protestors. For example, in 2014, the police fired on garment workers during a protest for higher minimum wages, killing at least three people and injuring several others, leading to theprohibition of rallies and street marches in the capital. The arbitrary arrest of protesters is also common in Cambodia. In 2015, in the Koh Kong province alone, three activists from the NGO Mother Nature were arrested while working on a campaign to prevent alleged illegal sand dredging, and a community representative was arrested on charges related to his peaceful activism against a major dam project.